Loro42's 60 Gallon Cube Build

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Hi Everyone!

I am new two reef2reef, but thought I would join to post my 60 gallon reef build.

I started this build back in March. I purchased a used 60 gallon cube. It came with the following items:
  • 60 Gallon Aquarium
  • Custom Stand
  • Sicca return pump
  • Trigger sytem sump
  • Simplicity protein skimmer
I plan on making this a SPS dominant reef tank. I am taking this build unbearably slow. I will break up all that I have done since march into different post. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Thanks! Here are some pictures of the aquarium when we first bought it. We painted it white to match our home better.

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Next, we got around to plumbing the sump and aquascaping. Since this will be an sps dominant tank we decided to go bare bottom and not add sand.

I purchased a package of assorted MarcoRocks from waterbox aquariums here: https://waterboxaquariums.com/products/marco-rocks

I got the reef 70.2 package which included:
  • 25 lbs of reefsaver
  • 10 lbs of foundation rock
  • 15 lbs of reefsaver shelf rock
I was very nervous about the quantity of rocks in the box. Therefore, I purchased a slightly large package. I was also concerned about rocks breaking during shipping, especially the shelf rock.

However, I couldn't be more satisfied. Every rock was carefully bubble wrapped and there was an ample supply of rocks.

It took a few hours to get the aquadcape exactly how I wanted it, but I was pleased with the final result. I wanted multiple layers of shelves for plenty of space for frags to grow out. I also wanted plenty of nooks and crannies for fish to swim through and hide in.

Here is what the final design looked like before a cemented the pieces together. Let me know what you think!
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Thanks! I cant wait until I actually drop coral in the tank. It looked even better once I finally cemented the pieces together and straightened out some of the rocks.

I may have used too much mortar. But, hopefully coraline algae and corals grow over it.

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